November 7, 2001

The T Bone Burnett-produced O Brother, Where Are Thou? wins Album of the Year and one of its tracks, The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," gets Single of the Year during the 35th Country Music Association awards in Nashville. Other winners that night were Tim McGraw for Entertainer of the Year, Toby Keith for Male Vocalist and Lee Ann Womack for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Australia’s greatest import, Keith Urban, won the Horizon award, Lonestar was named Vocal Group of the Year, while Brooks & Dunn made their annual trip to the podium for the Vocal Duo of the Year. The Vocal Event of the Year award went to Bill Anderson, George Jones, Buck Owens and Brad Paisley for "Too Country" and Larry Cordle and Larry Shell’s composition “Murder On Music Row was named Song of the Year. Dan Huff was name Musician of the Year and Sara Evan’s “Born To Fly” was named Video of the Year.”

  • photo by: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment
    photo by: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment


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    Blake Shelton picked up a gold album for Red River Blue. The album features the singles “Honey Bee” and “God Gave Me You”, both #1 hits, as well as the unreleased title track, a duet with Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert.

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    Alabama’s For The Record: 41 Number Hits was certified quadruple platinum. The album chronicles the biggest hits from Alabama released between 1980 and 1998, including their 33 #1 hits. The compilation includes “Why Lady, Why?”, “Close Enough To Perfect” and “Lady Down On Love.”

    LeAnn Rimes’ album Blue was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies. The album produced 4 singles: "Blue" (#10), "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" (#1), "Unchained Melody" (#11) and "The Light in Your Eyes" (#5). The album has since certified 6x platinum by the RIAA.

    Shania Twain’s album The Woman In Me was certified multi-platinum for sales of 10 million copies. 8 singles were released from the album, including: “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!," “Any Man Of Mine,” the title track and “You Win My Love.”

    This certification comes two years to the day of the album being certified 3x platinum by the RIAA. The album, named the 1996 CMA Album of The Year, has since certified 12x platinum by the RIAA and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

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    #1 On This Date


    2009 – Zac Brown Band – “Toes

    1998 – Dixie Chicks – “Wide Open Spaces

    1992 – Wynonna – “No One Else On Earth

    1987 – George Strait – “Am I Blue

    1981 – Oak Ridge Boys – “Fancy Free

    1970 – Charley Pride – “I Can’t Believe You Stopped Loving Me

    1964 – Buck Owens – “I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)

    1960 – Cowboy Copas – “Alabam

    1953 – The Davis Sisters – “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know



    2009 – Tim McGraw – Southern Voice

    1998 – Shania Twain – Come On Over

    1992 – Garth Brooks – The Chase

    1987 – George Strait – Greatest Hits Vol II

    1981 – Alabama – Feels So Right

    1970 – Merle Haggard – The Fightin’ Side Of Me

    1964 – Jim Reeves – The Best Of Jim Reeves

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